2.05.2014

Answering a Higher Calling - The Pearl Event Triple Strand

This post has been a long time coming.
If I'm being completely honest with you, it has been sitting in my drafts for months patiently waiting for me to press the publish button.

I haven't necessarily been afraid, I suppose I have just felt like I was supposed to wait for the right time, for my prompting from the Lord.

2013 was a good year. It was busy and challenging personally, spiritually and in our practice.
Everything seemed to be hinged on a balancing act that I was struggling to perform.
I am very excited to welcome 2014 with it's new challenges, opportunities, and events. 
 I an also very excited to be back sharing in this space. I have missed it tremendously.

I know many of you were awaiting my post on The Pearl Event Triple Strand that took place in Nashville, TN back in May of 2013.
Honestly, speaking and sharing publicly for the first time was very difficult.
But, let me tell you that when God calls you to do something and you are obedient, the walls come crumbling down...in a good way. 
The prayers were felt and heard, my testimony was well-received, and I not only got to meet some ladies that I've been "internet" friends with for quite some time, but I got to embrace them and love on them.
To feel unconditional love after sharing something so personal is something I will never forget.
Each and every person in that room holds a dear place in my heart. 
When I thought I was going to fall after speaking, Sibi and everyone else in that room caught me with their love and prayers.
I am forever grateful. 
I am not ready and honestly, I don't know if I'll ever be, to fully share my story on the internet. 
I know so many of you have asked and I am truly humbled that you would like to hear it; however, I don't feel that this is the time or place yet. 
That being said, I am completely open to speaking engagements at churches, women's groups, women's centers, etc. 
The internet can be a dark place as we are all aware and I don't feel that sharing on the web would be beneficial to my family right now. 
I hope you can understand where I am coming from. 
I did create a short video with some highlights from the event that I am excited to share with you today!
I feel that this was the most effective way to give you a glimpse of just how special and wonderful The Pearl Event truly is.
The music is by Michaela McLaird, who led worship at The Pearl Event. 
I just fell in love with her voice and her music.
The song is called "Every Breath" and her short album called "The Morning Sun" is available on iTunes.
However, I am going to be giving away the album to one of you! 
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I was quite emotional as I shared and it is by the grace of God I was able to finish as I could hear others in the room sniffling and crying, too.
I could literally feel God's hands upon me as I spoke. 
After I spoke Sibi rushed up to embrace me at the podium and I was certain my tears would flood the room. She then called everyone up to pray over Brandon and me. That was one of the most special and sacred things that has happened to us in our marriage.
God was present and alive in that room that day. 
It was humbling, beautiful and it was real. 
Blown away.

To each of you who came to The Pearl Event, I want to thank you.
Thank you for sacrificing your time, resources, etc. to get to Nashville. 
If you weren't able to make it, I pray that the Lord would make a way for you to come in the future.
To Sibi, Rachel, Cha Cha, Nonny, Susie, Amy, and so many more of you...
I love each of you so dearly and I am blessed to call you friends and sisters in Christ.
You are prayer warriors, you walk by faith, you encourage, you are beautiful. 
Thank you for everything you are and everything you mean to me.
 I also want to thank my loving and supportive husband. 
There are no words to describe how grateful I am for this man. 
He believes in me, he supports me, he loves me unconditionally.
For him to make a way to take time off work when it seems it is impossible to travel with me and help me and take pictures and video tape me means more to me than he could ever imagine. 
I love him eternally.
 Sibi, you are a precious angel to me. 
Words cannot express my gratitude toward you and your encouragement and coaching.
I absolutely adore you and I believe in you and your ministry. 
Thank you for being such a blessing to me and so many others. I love you.

Sibi is the author of Pearl and Grace blog and is the founder of Pearls and Grace Ministries.
To read her post click here.
Rachel, "my twin," where have you been all my life?! The distance between us is unbearable.
I could not even imagine what it would be like to "do life" together...maybe someday. 
You are so beautiful and so inspiring and I am so thankful for you. I love you.

Cha Cha-you have one of the sweetest spirits I have ever known. You are so beautiful and so worthy and your daughters are blessed to have you as their mother. You are dedicated and gifted and I admire you in so many ways. I love you. 

Also, a huge thank you to the photographer, Coleen Verner. She captured the event beautifully!

To God be the Glory for orchestrating this event.
The most important thing was that the love of Christ wasn't only shared that day...it was felt. 
The Enemy certainly tried to destroy, but each of us were steadfast against the evildoer.
Thank you, God, for friendships, for your Word, for your love.
You are the best Father a daughter could ask for and I love you.
Whatever you ask of me, I will have a ready and willing heart.
2104 is going to be amazing.

Remember, YOU are HIS pearl.
xoxo

35 comments:

  1. That song is truly amazing!
    Especially if one truly listens to every single word she sings...
    Thank you for sharing this sweet girl..

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    1. Isn't it?! You are so right-the words are incredible! Thank you for reading and for your sweet heart! xoxo

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  2. Dang it - LOL. I just got really excited because I thought you were talking about a new event - LOL. I missed the last one but had so much fun at her second one - I want to go again! Love this song! xo p.s. I'm meeting Rachel on the 22nd of this month - we are attending a women's event together - so excited.

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    1. Shari-believe me, if there is another event I will be sure to let you know! Not sure-Sibi is in charge of all that. :) Yay for meeting Rachel! You will LOVE her-she is a treasure!! Wish I could join y'all! Have a blast! xoxo

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  3. I have your name written in lipstick on my mirror and HE has your name written in heaven. I will never forget the words you shared and will always pray for you. You are a gift.

    P.S. Love your new header!

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    1. You make me cry humbled tears, my precious friend. You are an angel, which is perfect for you since your name is Angela. :) Thank you for your prayers and for being such a wonderful encourager and inspiration. Love and hugs! xoxo

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  4. Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing some of this with us! I love love love that last slide in your video!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Heather!! You are a precious doll! Love following you on IG! :) Have a blessed day! xoxo

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  5. This sounds like it was a beautiful event. I wondered what happened when you went. Such a beautiful recap video. I am just in love with that song.

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    1. Heather, it truly was! Thank you so much for reading and for your sweet words! Blessings to you! xoxo

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  6. Love this! Missed you and your encouraging posts. :)

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  7. This is wonderful, Cherish! I am so happy that you are doing this. The video is amazing. Hopefully one day I will be able to hear you speak!

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    1. Thank you so much, Tiffany!! I have so missed you! You are wonderful! Love and hugs! xoxo

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  8. Your testimony not only brought me to tears but it changed my life. Thank you for sharing a piece of your heart with us on that special day. You girls are so very special to me and I pray for you daily.

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    1. Susie-tears, my sweet friend, tears. You are such a blessing to me. Thank you for coming and supporting us and inspiring us. Thank you for your prayers. I adore you! Love and big hugs! xoxo

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  9. That video was so beautiful! Thank you for sharing. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Heather! Thank you for taking the time to read it and watch it. Have a wonderful day! xoxo

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  10. I'm sure you were such a blessing to all those present !
    So glad you're back....praying for you.

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    1. I truly appreciate your thoughtful words and your prayers. That means more than you could ever imagine. Blessings to you! xoxo

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  11. Wow... Goosebumps.... I love you...

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  12. Most inspirational & touching testimony ever! That day changed my life and touched me so much. I was so blessed to win those tickets and be able to attend this event. You are truly an amazing lady!

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    1. Tonya, you have made me cry! You are such a blessing to me and I am so thankful you took the time to come and support us. You blessed us!! You are a precious friend and I thank God for you! Blessings and hugs to you! xoxo

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  13. beautiful!!! off to watch the video !!

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  14. I so wish I could have heard your testimony. I admire you so much from a far. You are such a beautiful women inside and out. You are such a great role model to young ladies like me. I love following your blog and was so excited to see this one about this event.

    Ps That sound was such a lovely song. I would love her whole album to listen to.

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    1. Morgan, your thoughtful words mean more than you know. One of my number one goals throughout my entire life has been to try to be a good role model. I am not perfect and have made some serious mistakes, but I hope that other young ladies can learn from mine. Thank you for reading and for the encouragement! Blessings and love to you! xoxo

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  15. With every breath...Amen! What a beautiful song, just as your words here are too!

    I don't know your story but honestly don't need to because the story for me when I come to visit your blog is about God's grace, mercy and love that shines brightly through you and your dear followers here. I just love seeing God's work in action. It really is fuel for the soul. Thank you for sharing His love for all to see my dear!! Everlasting blessings to you, Karen

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    1. Karen, bless you, sweet friend! Thank you for your sincerity and for the encouragement. Your words have blessed me more than you could ever imagine. Thank YOU for blessing me and for reading SSM. Love and hugs! xoxo

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  16. Cherish ~ Simply Beautiful ~ Your love for the Lord is infectious! Thank you for being real and allowing your wall to be broken down little by little. My daughter Danielle posted this on her facebook this morning and it made me think of you as I read your new blog tonight: The weaknesses we often despise are required for the light of Christ to be seen and for the darkness around us to be dispelled. Without the limitations and deficiencies of our vessels, we would not serve our purpose well. Your weakness is not a liability. It is one of your greatest assets. God's presence and power are best seen when our large, impressive personalities aren't getting in the way. So welcome His light into your weakness, and let it shine, let it shine, let it shine! {2 Cor 4:6-7}#lessonsfromgideon. Cherish whatever you have gone through in the past, use it for God's Glory! Thank you for sharing your heart. Love you my friend and sister in Christ! Diane Bockus - Florida

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  17. Cherish, you are such a beautiful servant if Christ! The time that I was able to spend in witness of your testimony at the Pearl Event was truly sacred and one that touched my life in such a profound way. In listening to you, I heard God speaking through you as you trusted in him with each word you spoke. God spoke directly to my heart through you and I was truly blessed. I am crying tears of awe at this moment because had chosen you again Cherish to speak to me through your words in this post. On the day you wrote these words, god revealed to me that a path I thought he was leading me down was not the correct path. The one in which I thought I had been led to was one as an ordained person in the church and I had embraced it fully; however, last week, God revealed to me that he had another plan for me. I trust in God's plan so very much, but this revelation knocked the wind out of me, completely undid me and left me reeling. I have felt a true depression wash over me and I have prayed for God's grace. This post, Cherish, is God's grace to me. It has been here all along but my sadness did not allow me to see that God had placed hope and love right before me through the writing that you produced in your trust in him. Thank you! Thank you for allowing Gods love to shine through you. Your message here has blessed me in so many ways. I am blessed to know you.

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    1. Please excuse my typos in this comment. The original one was typed on my iPhone
      and I was having trouble editing it. You are an amazing person Cherish! Thank you for allowing God to shine so brightly through your story!

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  18. What an amazing post! YOU have truly inspired me to form a closer relationship with God and trust his journey for me. I thank you for your love for Him and radiating this love to the rest of us. You are an amazing daughter of Christ. Hopefully you're not creeped out by this post from a random person, but your blog has proven to be such an inspiration to me. Side-note, love your lip stick/gloss! Mind if I ask what it is? :)

    Erin

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